Over the past several years, I know there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the police. To prove there isn't any doubt about the police and their love and support for the community, the Schenectady Police Department has decided to reach out and meet local residents.

According to the Daily Gazette, there will be a public review board open this Thursday at Parsons Memorial Church of God in Christ.

Schenectady residents will be able to meet with members of the Civilian Police Review Board. There, they will be able to discuss concerns and complaints with a neutral civilian board.

Schenectady residents will get to voice their opinions to members who are not part of the police department. This should lead to a more open dialogue. The Schenectady Police Department the review board has found that residents are more open and honest if the community speaks to a neutral party. They are less intimidated when not speaking directly to the police.

I think this is a great way to reach out to the community and get a perspective and feedback from local residents.